Quite a few readers have asked to see photos of Oasis in a bigger format, so we've added a photo gallery that contains larger images.
What will the world's biggest cruise ship look like? Let's just say the word massive doesn't even begin to describe it.
USA TODAY has obtained exclusive photos of Royal Caribbean's much-ballyhooed, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas under construction in Europe, and they show a ship like no other in size and complexity.
The 220,000-ton vessel, being built at the STX Europe shipyard in Turku, Finland, will reach a major milestone today when it is "floated out" on water for the first time, and these are the final shots of the ship out of water before it launches.
Scheduled to debut late next year, Oasis is now 65% complete, says a Royal Caribbean spokesperson. The vessel is being built around seven "neighborhoods" including Central Park, an open-air atrium with live trees; Boardwalk, a family-friendly amusement area; the Royal Promenade, an indoor mall-like zone; and Entertainment Place, a sprawling nightclub district.
Oasis and a sister ship scheduled to debut in 2010, Allure of the Seas, were named by USA TODAY readers earlier this year in a closely-watched nationwide contest that drew nearly 100,000 entries.
She is quiet the Ship although I think my opinion that a Ship is a Ship is a Ship is finally at its furthest extent. I would gladly take a smaller Ship that the Oasis of the Seas over the Oasis of the Seas to Captain. I want to have some of that exploration and nautical feel rather than a floating city feel.
Holiday Greetings to all from Costa Rica. While some of you will be busy saying 'adios' to Miss Vancouver, I will be sailing across the Golfo de Nacoya on a Costa Rican car ferry, journey length 90 minutes. This is on the Pacific side of the country.
Over a period of two days we have been from the Atlantic to the Pacific with a stop in the middle for a hike over the Continental Divide. While spending several days on the Atlantic (Caribbean) side, I searched diligently for any sign of the Queen of Victoria, without success. We did see a Carnival Cruise Lines ship at the Port of Limon. If anyone knows the name of this ship please let me know. The photo was shot out of a tour bus window.
I think what WCK meant was that he was looking for any evidence of the Victoria "having previously been" in the Costa Rica area. ie. Between the time she had her fire & left Vancouver, and when we all saw the famous picture of her at Alang.
WCK: That photo you have is of the Carnival Destiny.
by the way, I'm glad you're enjoying your Costa Rica trip. I went in 2004, and the adventure was truly amazing! the highways are just as adventurous, especially the one to Monteverde, if you did that...
Post by Coastal Skier on Apr 8, 2009 14:52:52 GMT -8
It's a Floating hotel!
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It's all about those unobstructed sweeping ocean vistas that they think people are craving so desperately that they will always pay more to have them. It has something in common with the Coastals, though, I think.
Anyway, this is what you get when you let your computers go berserk and let computer assisted design software and rendering programs fix all the apparent 'mistakes' in any design. Sure, you get a near perfect design, that's stupefyingly efficient, dynamic and modern, but it has absolutely no human qualities to it.
I know some people will tell me that it's still people that are responsible for the ultimate design, but I find that increasingly hard to believe when confronted with ugly mugs like this. Beauty and subtlety certainly don't come into play, but the rule of form follows function certainly does: in this case the sole intent of capturing as much money as possible. It is utterly clean, cold calculating and efficient, gleaming white in the sun like someone's private little ivory tower, and that is exactly how it looks. No, not like an accountant, but like some sleek, hungry, predatory barracuda thirsty for tourist dollars, an simply a monument to the accumulation of wealth, and the insanity that it creates.
Last Edit: Apr 8, 2009 15:07:01 GMT -8 by Mill Bay
Some photos from Wednesday of the Mariner of the Seas and the Carnival Splendor in Victoria
Ugly, uglier and ugliest. Is it just me, or are they now stealing design elements from other ships. Looks like the grabbed the wheelhouse off a Coastal, widened it out and pasted it on the rump of this giant iceberg. Have they started building double-ended cruise ships, now?
Post by rt1commuter on May 8, 2009 10:29:07 GMT -8
I actually really like the look of both the Splendor and the Mariner. They are both infinitely more ship like than the duck billed, flat sterned Golden "Lets build a floating apartment building" Princess.